Story featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication: Since 1996, Münster’s volunteers of NABU – one of the oldest and largest environment associations in Germany, encompassing more than 450,000 members and sponsors – have helped trim the branches of fruit trees, plant 3,800 trees, and harvest the orchards’ products in the region. Fair prices are an incentive for farmers to conserve their orchards, and ensuring consumption of the orchards’ fruit contributes both to the protection of existing orchards and the plantation of new ones.
Every year NABU purchases 70 tons of apples, pears and plums from farmers to produce juice and 10 tons of fruit to be sold on the market. NABU also organises the “Apple Day” and “Blossom Party” and attracts tourists to walk on old fruit routes in the area. To appeal to the hearts of the general public, not only to their brains, NABU organised a photograph competition entitled “Sag mir wo die Blumen sind” (Where have all the flowers gone). People were invited to send pictures that show the beauty of blossoming fields of different plant species or the threats to their status. The competition was supported by the famous German singer Katja Ebstein.
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